CORNELIA HEdigER

DOPPELGANGER I

2004 – 2008

In this richly colorful series, the persona of the artist is the central figure, performing a psychological struggle with her doppelgänger — a fictional ghostly double of a living person, widely understood as sinister and a harbinger of bad luck.

Each image is constructed from six to nine photographs, employing the device of the tableau-vivant, in which a pictorial narrative is carefully choreographed into a single image. Through the presentation of different characters, Hediger explores notions of the uncanny, the conscious / unconscious and moral ambiguity — perceptively juxtaposed with a fine-drawn level of dry humor. 

Hediger’s photo assemblages present stories that are also fascinating for their obliqueness, enabling the viewer to invest some of their own narrative interpretations. Her storytelling demonstrates more than a hint of literary and pyschological theory, and it is this that makes her photographs all the more compelling. These internalised depictions of illusory spaces and scenarios, oblige us to draw comparisons to the work of Claude Cahun, Francesca Woodman and even Hans Bellmer.

 

IMAGE SIZES VARY:

16.5'' x 16.5'' image on 24'' x 20'' sheet

18.75'' x 16.5'' image on 24'' x 20'' sheet

19'' x 25'' image on 20'' x 30'' sheet

22'' x 17'' image on 30'' x 20'' sheet

EDITION: 15+2AP

C-Type Print